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Is Universal Basic Income a Solution to Tech Unemployment?
June 26th, 2017, 09:10 AM
This spring, the Canadian province of Ontario announced that about 4,000 of its citizens will receive money as part of their “no strings attached” basic income experiment. The goal is to explore how universal basic income can improve both the lives of the individuals receiving it and the nation at large. This isn’t the first […]
6 Things Quantum Computers Will Be Incredibly Useful For
June 25th, 2017, 09:10 AM
Computers don’t exist in a vacuum. They serve to solve problems, and the type of problems they can solve are influenced by their hardware. Graphics processors are specialized for rendering images; artificial intelligence processors for AI; and quantum computers designed for…what? While the power of quantum computing is impressive, it does not mean that existing […]
This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 24)
June 24th, 2017, 09:10 AM
SPACE NASA Finds Evidence of 10 New Earth-Sized Planets in Our Corner of the Galaxy Sean O’Kane | The Verge “A total of 2,335 of those have been verified as exoplanets, 21 of which are Earth-sized and orbit in their star’s habitable zone. Earth-sized planets are of particular interest because they can teach us about […]
New Virtual World Sansar Is Ready to Pick Up Where Second Life Left Off
June 23rd, 2017, 09:10 AM
On its 14th birthday, a reflection on Linden Lab’s groundbreaking Second Life, and how their next project Sansar hopes to go even further. In May 2006, Bloomberg’s Businessweek ran a cover story detailing the business empire of real estate millionaire Anshe Chung. What caught the world’s attention, however, is that Anshe Chung wasn’t a real […]
Ray Kurzweil: Here’s What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud
June 23rd, 2017, 09:10 AM
Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil looks ahead to a time in the not-too-distant future when we’ll be able to connect our brains to computers in the cloud. Individual computers and mobile devices are already billions […]
This Tech Could Charge Electric Cars While They Drive
June 22nd, 2017, 09:10 AM
The global auto industry is worth $2 trillion, but electric and hybrid cars currently make up less than one percent of that figure. However, experts are predicting an explosion in electric car adoption. Financial services company UBS predicted demand for electric cars will reach an inflection point in 2018 as their cost shrinks to equal […]
Is There a Multidimensional Mathematical World Hidden in the Brain’s Computation?
June 21st, 2017, 09:10 AM
Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks looked into the night sky and saw geometric shapes emerge among the stars: a hunter, a lion, a water vase. In a way, they used these constellations to make sense of the random scattering of stars in the fabric of the universe. By translating astronomy into shapes, they […]
Deep Learning at the Speed of Light on Nanophotonic Chips
June 20th, 2017, 09:10 AM
Deep learning has transformed the field of artificial intelligence, but the limitations of conventional computer hardware are already hindering progress. Researchers at MIT think their new “nanophotonic” processor could be the answer by carrying out deep learning at the speed of light. In the 1980s, scientists and engineers hailed optical computing as the next great […]
Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic
June 19th, 2017, 09:10 AM
As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change, and the next global pandemic. Speaking on pandemic preparedness at the Munich Security Conference earlier this year, Gates reminded us that “the fact that a deadly global pandemic has not occurred in recent history shouldn’t be mistaken for […]
Why Interstellar Travel Will Be Possible Sooner Than You Think
June 18th, 2017, 09:10 AM
The term “moonshot” is sometimes invoked to denote a project so outrageously ambitious that it can only be described by comparing it to the Apollo 11 mission to land the first human on the Moon. The Breakthrough Starshot Initiative transcends the moonshot descriptor because its purpose goes far beyond the Moon. The aptly-named project seeks […]